Goon. It's cheap, easy to transport and has the unique ability to simultaneously make and break our lives from the onset of that very first, disgusting and stomach churning sip. For those of us that have tried Goon, we understand that it is in fact, an acquired taste. We also know that beggers cannot be choosers.

The excitement of being able to consume 40 litres of alcohol for under $15 overrides any of the negative side effects that may deter us from drinking this fabulous Australian creation. By side effects, we mean the body's natural rejection of such a vile and disgusting taste, such as body spasms, severe vomiting and the watering of the eyes. It is a known fact that no amount of 'fancifying' can make Goon actually taste good - but mixing Goon into a punch, spritzer or cocktail CAN actually IMPROVE the taste. So, we have compiled a list of our favourite goon cocktail recipes to classy up your Goon intake.

TIP: buy a 2 litre water bottle from Woolies. Drink the water. Store your cocktail mix in the water bottle and let it cool in the fridge. If you are planning on heading to a garden, beach or BBQ, make the cocktail the night before and let it freeze overnight. Chances are in the Aussie summer, the cocktail will be cooled just enough to enjoy on arrival!

These recipes are based on 1 serving (1 cup). Obviously if you are making a punch, you will need to multiply the ingredients accordingly.

Goon Cocktail Recipes

Red Goon

Berry and Apple Red Sangria
Why not get a little antioxidant fix whilst you prepare for a night of inevitable goon craziness?

- 1/2 cup Red Goon
- 1/2 cup Cranberry juice
- 1/2 cup Orange juice
- and a few berries of your choice!
- Add mint leaves to spice it up

Add Berries to make your cocktail look cool

By Janine from Mililani, Hawaii, United States (berriesUploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Red Wine Hot Chocolate
Ok this one may not be a great Aussie summer drink but it sounds too delicious to not share!

- 1 cup Red Goon
- 1 1/2 cup Milk
- 1/3 cup Dark Chocolate chunks

In a saucepan over medium heat combine milk and chocolate chunks. Stir and wait for the chocolate to melt and the mixture to become thick and creamy. Pour in red wine and heat until the mixture is hot. Pour into mugs and if you like, top with whipped cream!

You can't go wrong with chocolate!

By John Loo (Flickr: Chocolate) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Strawberry & Apple Cocktails
Surprisingly a light and bubbly drink ideal for summer!

- 3/4 cup Red Goon
- 1/4 cup Apple juice
- Some Strawberries mashed up and stirred into drink
- Add a Lime wedge or Mint Leaves to serve

Mmm Strawberries

Sliced Strawberries by Anna - license

White Goon

White Strawberry Cocktail
This one is cheap, easy, delicious and perfect for sipping away on Bondi Beach as the sun goes down.

- 1/2 cup White Goon
- 1/2 cup Soda Water
- 4 sliced Strawberries (mash them up and stir through for stronger taste)
- Dash of Lime cordial

Pomegranate & Lime Cocktail
Perfect for the Aussie summer as Pomegranates are now readily available from the supermarkets. Picture it - laying on St Kilda Beach as the sun sets and the goon shines.

- 1 cup White Goon
- 1/2 cup Soda Water
- 1 teaspoon of Pomegranate seeds
- 1 Lime wedge

White goon with strawberries


Apple and Pear Sangria
Goon is quite sweet, which means that it makes for a perfect Sangria! The Apple and Pear really neutralises the Gooniness of the Goon.

- 1 cup Goon
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- squeeze of lemon juice
- 1/2 tbsp lemon cordial
- Sliced Apples or Pears

If you have enough preparation time, make the Sangria in a tub or (if cheap a 2 litre water bottle from Woolies) and let the fruit ferment in the mix for 4 hours.

Make a sangria with pears and apples!

By Dimitar Nikolov from Sofia, Bulgaria (Pears & Apples) [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

White Goon Lime Margarita
Mmm... delicious. Now this is classy Goon!

- 1/2 cup White Goon
- 1/2 cup Orange Juice
- 1 teaspoon Lime cordial
- Orange or Lemon wedge

Pineapple Mojito Sangria
Pineapple chunks are cheap to buy from the supermarket and taste delicious alongside a dash of lime and mint leaf. If you can, leave the lime and pineapple to ferment in the mix for four hours.

- 1/2 cup White Goon
- 1/4 cup Pineapple Juice
- 1/4 cup Soda Water
- 1 Lime wedge
- a few chunks of Pineapple

Add fruit to any goon cocktail to classy it up

Picture by Eperales - license

NOTE: these classy goon recipes may be a little too delicious to waste on a game of Goon of Fortune!

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